Age of Agile: A Hybrid Approach to Agile Project Management


December 02, 2017 Saturday 8:30AM - 5:00 PM



 Innoworld, 940 Stewart Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Last date for On-line Registration:  
Early Bird - 11/19/2017
Regular - 11/26/2017


Age of Agile: A Hybrid Approach to Agile Projcect Management


Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of humanity’s greatest feats of endurance. The gruelling expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is a project filled with unparalleled physical and mental challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable. In 2008, Alan Mallory took on the challenge and set a world record with three members of his family after an incredible self-guided expedition on the mountain. The expedition challenged the mental, emotional and physical limits of their entire beings and at every stage of the ascent demanded an unwavering commitment to resilience and perseverance. Alan’s dynamic program focuses on developing leaders and strengthening project teams by reinforcing the professional development and project management skills that are essential for success in any project. It highlights the processes that are involved in planning and executing difficult projects by using the challenge of Everest as an example of such a project. It is an engaging visual and educational journey that is supported by many of the stunning photos and videos captured along the expedition.

Alan highlights various technical components of project management throughout his programs and shares matrices and examples of project management tools. Some of these technical elements include:
• The Work Breakdown Structure for Project Everest
• Categorized Work Packages
• A RACI Chart for defining Roles and Responsibilities
• A Sample Precedence Diagram for Project Everest
• A Multi-criteria Decision Analysis
• Communication Models
• The Risk Breakdown Structure for Project Everest
• A PERT Graph for Statistical Analysis on Loss of Life
• A S.W.O.T. Analysis for our Expedition Team
• A Risk Matrix for Impact and Likelihood
• Development of Risk Response Strategies
Throughout this interactive workshop, participants will explore various elements of agility and related agile methodologies from a unique perspective that encourages innovative thinking and application of agile techniques. It is based on a hybrid approach to agile project management which combines agile practices with traditional waterfall methodologies. The underlying messages are focused around developing an effective team, overcoming conflicts and communication barriers in agile teams and putting people first, which is the foundation of high performance, profits and long-term success. Through short group discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will explore elements from each of the PMI domains for agile projects and will gain a better understanding of the governing principals and knowledge that support an agile approach to project management. The workshop is concluded with a fun activity which relates to communication, development of trust, teamwork, agility and various other project management areas. Volunteer groups are chosen from the audience to construct the different sections of a z-pulley system, which is used for crevasse rescue in mountaineering. The exercise requires the volunteer groups to work together with ropes, knots and other climbing equipment, following images and instructions that Alan provides. Once the pulley system has been constructed, the purpose of all the various sections will be demonstrated and the overall effectiveness. It is a great way to get people out of their seats, conversing and working together in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.
Learning Outcomes:
• Hybrid methods of incorporating agile project management
• Responding quickly and efficiently to issues that arise
• Making prompt project decisions and taking appropriate action
• Adopting an iterative approach to project processes
• The importance of team interaction and effective collaboration
• EEFs and OPAs that influence strategic planning
• Alignment of business goals and team objectives
• Building and managing professional relationships
• Adapting to the environment and revised customer requirements
• Analysis of environmental conditions and making strategic adjustments
• Continuous identification and evaluation of risks
• Effective collaboration and team interaction
• Transparency and integrity in the way we communicate
• Adaptive planning based on current knowledge and goals
• Resolving conflicts in agile teams
• Development of trust within project teams

About the Instructor:


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Alan is an international speaker, author and professional development trainer who is passionate about leadership and human performance. He studied engineering at Queen’s University and has worked all over the world as a mechanical engineer and project manager but his true passion is in working with people to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

As a keynote speaker and leadership coach, Alan delivers a number of exciting presentations and training programs that are all about embracing and working through challenges as well as exploring the skills and mindsets that allow great leaders and committed teams to achieve breakthrough performance. Alan integrates his many years of innovative leadership experience with captivating mountaineering and adventure stories to create a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audiences.

Alan is also a college professor, avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys many different activities but his favorite activities are those spent out in the wilderness and those that involve strategy and problem solving. He speaks English and Spanish and loves to travel the world and explore new places.

In the spring of 2008, Alan and his family set a world record as the first family of four to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. It was a two-month expedition through some of the most terrifying and arduous conditions imaginable but to finally reach the end goal was an incredible feeling. Alan offers a number of exciting keynotes and interactive sessions focused on building leadership capacity and strengthening teams by reinforcing the professional development skills that are essential for conquering one’s own Everest, whatever that may be.

Alan’s presentations are a stunning visual and emotional journey that bring the audience along on the amazing venture. They are supported by many of the vivid photos and short video clips captured along the grueling quest to the top. The Mallory family’s story is as exciting as it is terrifying as they fought their way through the many perils that the world’s highest peak had in store for them. For more about Alan, please visit

Few pictures from Alan's Everest Expedition:

Alan Crossing Crevasse CroppedAlan Climbing Vertical SectionSummit of Everest


Project Management Education Hours: 

Earn 7 PDUs (Technical)


Meeting Leader: Sagar Amancherla


Program Agenda:

Please note the door will be locked at 8:25 AM, so plan to arrive early.

08:30 AM - Sign In and Networking

09:00 AM - Workshop Begins

12:00 PM - Lunch Break

12:45 PM - Workshop Resumes

5:00 PM – Adjourn


Continental Breakfast, Coffee, and Lunch will be provided.

Attendees should indicate whether they want a vegetarian meal during the registration.


Plan Ahead Registration:

Early Bird:  PMISV member: $140     Non-PMISV member: $190

Regular:  PMISV member: $190   Non-PMISV member:  $240

At-the-Door Registration:  No walk-ins allowed. Please register for the course online in advance 


Cancellation Policy:

This event is a professional society meeting, held for the benefit of its members.


  • Cancellation before Early Bird Registration Date: Full refund
  • Cancellation between Early Bird Registration Date and Regular Registration Date: $30 cancellation fee; remaining amount refunded
  • Cancellation after Regular Registration Date and Day before workshop (by 5:00 PM Pacific): 50% refund

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